|Sun 9th March||Common Worship Communion||11.00am|
|Sun 16th March||Morning Worship||11.00am|
|Sun 23rd March||Common Worship Communion||11.00am|
|Sun 30th March||Mothering Sunday Common Worship Communion||11.00am|
|Sun 6th April||All-Age Communion||11.00am|
* Children's Church is always available at the 11.00am service.
I'm someone who likes to know where I stand. to know the territory I am in and to establish predictable routines. I like to draw the familiar around me like a soft comforting shawl. I guess I am not alone in that. And... of course life isn't like that. The seasons change, the face in the mirror changes. Each month there are a few more wrinkles and a few more grey hairs.
In the midst of all this change we need fixed points that remind us who we are. We need fixed points that are still in an ever changing world. Often we expect the church to be that one unchanging institution and yet it isn't and never has been. One of the areas in which I teach and learn is Church History. All the way through it is a story of almost constant change.
Sometimes the changes are primarily administrative and the practical outworkings are minimal but still there are ripples as those changes shift the way one group of people perceives and relates to another. March has turned into a month of change for our two churches. Within these pages you will learn that we are now the United Benefice of Morley and Smalley, having previously been the United Benefice of Morley with Smalley and Horsley Woodhouse.
Some change feels massive even in prospect and indeed we are facing such a change in both churches as we begin to implement the six year rule. Churchwardens continuous period of service is envisaged to be no longer than six years. All our Churchwardens have served for longer than that. Having voiced a commitment to comply with the legislation when it came in in 2001 we are now in the process of turning intention into action and so our two longest serving Churchwardens (Miss Sheila Randall and Mrs Jan Walker MBE) are not standing for re-election this year. The other two Churchwardens, Miss Cynthia Prytherch and Mr Richard Shaw will only stand for a further two years to stagger the terms of office and ease the transition. For more on this and an expression of thanks and profound gratitude to them for all they have contributed to Church and Community.
Change is always unsettling because by definition it is a journey into the unknown. When I am wobbled by the uncertainties and daunting prospect of an unknown future I look at a book mark given to me by a dear friend many years ago, it says: 'I may not know what the future holds but I do know who holds the future'. So like a trusting child I will place my hand in his and see what the next bit of this journey holds. Come join us on the adventure!
Rev'd Lisa Shemilt